Jean Zyra Estrada and Aira Margate, Grade 12 students from Atimonan Comprehensive National High School, discusses the different types of food to the participants of Kaisa sa Nutrition Feeding Program last Feb. 8.

 

Senior high school students from Atimonan National Comprehensive High School (ANCHS) joined Atimonan One Energy, Inc. (A1E) in its Kaisa sa Nutrisyon (KAIN) feeding program last February 8 at Villa Ibaba Elementary School.

The 16 students conducted a reading and learning activity in conjunction with the feeding program for the 30 elementary kids. The high school students also facilitated games to entertain the kids.

Participation of the Grade 12 students was part of the school’s community engagement solidarity program under the Humanities and Social Sciences strand.

The program, which is meant to immerse the students to the communities where they belong, focuses on the importance of health and education towards a better family life, according to the students’ class adviser Aira Gonzales.

“We really admire A1E for the various programs and projects they created for the community like the Kaisa sa Nutrisyon. Part of the goal of this outreach is to educate our students in the barangay about the health situation of the community and think of possible solutions to this kind of problem,” said Gonzales.

 

Kids from Villa Ibaba Elementary School listens intently to Grace Anotche, student-volunteer from ANCHS, as she tells them a story during one of the literacy session held in conjunction of the feeding program.

 

Following the activity, A1E is now considering integrating literacy activities to its feeding program to provide an added value and educate the children about the importance and health and sanitation.

Meanwhile, the local officials of Brgy. Villa Ibaba and teachers of the elementary school were grateful for all those who participated in the feeding program.

“With the help of our partners in the private sector, particularly A1E, as well as the Atimonan Rural Health Unit and the academe, we believe that the malnutrition rate here in our barangay will be reduced and eventually be eradicated in the succeeding years. We hope that through this program, the academic performance of the children will also improve,” said Villa Ibaba Barangay Chairman Rogelio Balinsayo.

KAIN is one of A1E’s corporate social responsibility programs focused on Health and Sanitation. It is a 120-day feeding program meant to address the malnutrition of children ages 2 to 12 years old.